The original Broadway cast of "Hamilton." Sara Krulwich/New York Times
When the heck is “Hamilton” going to get here? Short answer: We don’t know. Long answer: We should find out in a couple months and, in the meantime, there are some clues.
It was almost exactly a year ago when Hennepin Theatre Trust announced that the hip-hop-inflected Broadway smash, based on Ron Chernow’s bestselling biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton, would be part of its 2018-19 season. No dates were specified and they still haven’t been but keep your eyes on the last week of January for more news. The last two years, that’s when HTT has announced season details.
Meanwhile, the clues: We know the Twin Cities stop, presumably at Orpheum Theatre, is part of the second national tour of “Hamilton,” which has announced a series of dates in many of the cities that are part of that tour. (There are currently three productions of the show: on Broadway, in Chicago and a first national tour, but they'll be joined by a London production that opens this week and the second U.S. tour next year).
That second tour, with engagements ranging from three weeks (Portland, Ore. and Costa Mesa, Cal.) to six weeks (Seattle and Cleveland), begins in Seattle Feb. 6 and continues to six more cities, with no breaks, until the show closes in Cleveland Aug. 26. Then, the dates pick up again on Oct. 9 in Charlotte, N.C. At one point, Minneapolis was the only unannounced date in the second national tour. That’s no longer the case; a few other cities have indicated they will be hosting “Hamilton” at some vague date in the future.
But, if you’re a betting person, that empty, six-week slot that begins Aug. 28, 2018 sure seems like a good possibility.